Paralympic hero hits out at support cuts
WELSH Paralympian Dame Tanni Grey Thomson has given the new benefits system a frosty welcome.
Universal credits is set to replace the present benefits regime next year but a new report has suggested half a million disabled children will be negatively affected by the reform.
The report, Holes in the safety net: The impact of the universal credits on disabled people and their families, revealed that up to 116,000 disabled people who work could be at risk of losing £40 a week.
Tanni Grey Thomson said: "Reducing support for families with disabled children, disabled people who are living alone, families with young carers and disabled people in work, risk driving many over the edge."
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A spokeswoman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: "The truth is we inherited a system of disability support which is a tangled mess of elements, premiums and add-ons.
"Our reforms will create a simpler and fairer system."